Monday, September 19, 2011

Wyeth at Work

By John Jude Palencar

Some of you may have seen this clip on YouTube. This video shows the only know footage of Andrew Wyeth at work. In this short clip he’s painting a small portrait of Thomas Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It is nice to see how informal this session is... Wyeth is a lap worker, sitting on a small stool in his father’s (N.C. Wyeth’s) studio. Although you can’t see how he is developing the image ... he does take frequent breaks to evaluate the painting by constantly checking measurements and proportions.  


  1. This is amazing and inspiring! Thanks for the share!

  2. OK, OK, I'll come out to your studio if you want to paint me. Just give me a little notice.

  3. Fascinating! Even though his face is turned away from the camera, there is still evidence of Wyeth's brain working like clockwork.

  4. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing this, John! Makes me want to get down to the Brandywine even more than I already do.

  5. Hey Bill - Sure you can stop over and pose for a portrait at my secret studio anytime.... but first, you have to become the Director @ the "Met"!

    Erin - You're welcome - I wish I lived closer to the Brandywine... I'd be there all the time!